Iceland 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2021 - U21 Mens Friendlies | 2026493

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Round | Víkingsvöllur, Reykjavik
15 October 2019 - 16:00 (15:00 local time)

Iceland 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland

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REPORT: Iceland 1-0 Ireland - Unbeaten run ends

Republic of Ireland U-21s suffered their first defeat of the campaign thanks to Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen's first-half penalty.
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15th Oct 2019

Lee O'Connor was sent off late on for a second bookable offence whilst captain Jayson Molumby picked up a yellow card with both players set to be suspended for the Armenia qualifier in November.

Ireland dominated much of the game and fashioned a number of chances, but couldn't find the break-through. Bohemians' Dan Mandroiu had two 20-yard free-kicks during the first-half, but both went narrowly over the bar.

Kameron Ledwidge made his first start for the U-21s and turned in an impressive performance as his cross found Mandroiu and Michael Obafemi picked the ball up, but his shot was blocked by the keeper in the 22nd minute.

Six minutes later, Iceland were awarded a penalty as Lee O'Connor was harshly deemed to have handled the ball and Gudjohnsen fired home to the give the home side the lead.

Just before the break, Ireland had their best chance of the game as the skipper Molumby won the ball high up the pitch and after he found Adam Idah, Obafemi collected the ball in space but his shot was well saved.

A minute later, Zach Elbouzedi burst down the left and crossed for Idah but his flicked header went narrowly over the bar. The second-half continued to see Ireland push Iceland back as Mandroiu found space on the right and fired across a low ball, looking for Elbouzedi, but the keeper blocked the ball and cleared in the 56th minute.

Ireland fashioned another chance just four minutes later as Molumby's fantastic through-ball found the on-rushing Idah but he fired wide from a tight angle. Iceland, to their credit, defended stoutly as Stephen Kenny brought on Aaron Drinan and Gavin Kilkenny in the final stages and the latter almost found the break-through with eight minutes to go.

Elbouzedi's cross found Kilkenny in space on the left and after he turned inside, his curling effort was well saved. It was Ireland's first defeat of the campaign with games against Armenia and Sweden to come in November.

"We're extremely disappointed with the result. Looking back, the penalty looks extremely harsh and after that, Iceland made it very difficult for us," said U-21 manager Stephen Kenny.

"We had a number of great chances but couldn't find the goal we needed and we've got to pick ourselves up from it. The conditions were very difficult for the players and Iceland defended very well."

Iceland: Gunnarsson (GK), Sampsted, Olafsson (Palmason 80), Hauksson, Pordarson (Hafsteinsson 77), Porsteinsson (C) (Willumsson 90), H. Gunnarsson, Gudjohnson (Ingimundarson 77), Willumsson, Finnsson, Leifsson.

Republic of Ireland: Kelleher (GK), O'Connor, Ledwidge, Masterson, O'Shea, Coventry, Elbouzedi, Molumby (C), Idah, Mandroiu (Drinan 86), Obafemi (Kilkenny 75).

Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)

Red Card(s): O'Connor

Ireland U-21: Kilkenny delighted to be part of unbeaten squad

Republic of Ireland U-21 midfielder Gavin Kilkenny is loving every moment of the European qualification campaign ahead of the qualifier against Iceland tomorrow.
14th Oct 2019

Ireland are in Reykjavik to take on Iceland tomorrow, with kick-off at 4pm (3pm local time), as they look to go five games unbeaten in the qualification campaign.

Stephen Kenny's side secured an impressive point against Italy on Thursday with Ireland currently top of the group going into their fifth group tie.

Kilkenny, who made his U-21 debut in the 1-0 win over Armenia in September, believes the squad can continue their unbeaten run in Reykjavik tomorrow.

"It's going to be a difficult match, they're very physical but it is a great opportunity for us and we want to keep the run going," Kilkenny said.

"We've built up a lot of momentum during the campaign and the lads really look forward to every match. It's a great group to be a part of and I'm loving every minute of it.

"It's a really close group and I only just came into the squad in September and it's been great. We're really determined to keep it going as we thought we should have won against Italy on Thursday."

The 19-year old made his competitive debut for AFC Bournemouth this season, in the EFL Cup against Burton Albion, and also played in the 3-1 win over Sweden last month.

It has been an impressive year for the former St. Kevin's Boys and Kilkenny admitted he has 'grown up a bit' in the last 12 months.

"I wanted to grow up really. I'm 19 now and I wanted to start making an impact on men's football really so I knew I had to grow up a bit," continued the Dublin-man.

"It's great really as the club have really backed me and given me the opportunity to impress in pre-season and in the cup as well.

"I've made a lot of progress but I've not changed too much of what I do anyways. I'm just really enjoying my football at the moment and being part of this squad." 

Tactical Lineups

Iceland

13 Gunnarsson (G) 2 Sampsted 5 Ólafsson 6 Hauksson 9 Thórdarson 11 Thorsteinsson (C) 16 Gunnarsson 17 Gudjohnsen 18 Willumsson 20 Finnsson 23 Leifsson

Substitutes

  • 1 Elias Rafn Olafsson (G)
  • 3 Finnur Tómas Pálmason
  • 7 Jonatan Ingi Jonsson
  • 8 Daníel Hafsteinsson
  • 14 Brynjolfur Andersen Willumsson
  • 15 Valdimar Thór Ingimundarson
  • 19 Guðmundur Andri Tryggvason
  • 21 Thórir Jóhann Helgason
  • 22 Kolbeinn Thórdarson

Coach

Arnar Thór Vidarsson

Republic of Ireland

1 Kelleher (G) 2 O'Connor 3 Ledwidge 4 Masterson 5 O'Shea 6 Coventry 7 Elbouzedi 8 Molumby (C) 9 Idah 14 Mandroiu 20 Obafemi

Coach

Stephen Kenny

Officials

  • Referee Dumitri Muntean
  • Assistant Referees Vasili Ermischin
  • UEFA Delegate Robert Barczi
  • Assistant Referee Two Dumitru Ciobanu
  • Fourth Official Veaceslav Banari

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 2" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) has an effort on goal.
  • 2" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 3" Kolbeinn Finnsson (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 5" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 11" Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 14" Kolbeinn Finnsson (Iceland) takes the corner.
  • 15" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 15" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 16" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) has an effort on goal.
  • 16" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 20" Hördur Ingi Gunnarsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 24" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 24" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 25" Willum Thor Willumsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland).
  • 27" Willum Thor Willumsson (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 28" Kolbeinn Finnsson (Iceland) takes the corner.
  • 28" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 28" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 29" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) scores from the penalty spot.
  • 33" Ísak Ólafsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 33" Ísak Ólafsson (Iceland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 34" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Willum Thor Willumsson (Iceland).
  • 35" Willum Thor Willumsson (Iceland) is flagged for offside.
  • 36" Kolbeinn Finnsson (Iceland) has a shot blocked.
  • 38" Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 39" Ari Leifsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland).
  • 40" Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 41" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland).
  • 41" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 43" Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 43" Patrik Gunnarsson (Iceland) blocks a shot.
  • 45+1" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 45+3" Alfons Sampsted (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45+3" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 46" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 47" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) takes the corner.
  • 48" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland).
  • 53" Stefán Teitur Thórdarson (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 53" Kolbeinn Finnsson (Iceland) takes the corner.
  • 56" Alex Hauksson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 56" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 57" Kolbeinn Finnsson (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 58" Alex Hauksson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 59" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 60" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 61" Kolbeinn Finnsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Kameron Ledwidge (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 65" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) takes the corner.
  • 67" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 67" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 67" Patrik Gunnarsson (Iceland) blocks a shot.
  • 68" Willum Thor Willumsson (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 68" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 71" Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 73" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland).
  • 73" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Alex Hauksson (Iceland) has a shot blocked.
  • 74" Stefán Teitur Thórdarson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 75" Gavin Kilkenny (in) - Michael Obafemi (out) (@@teamID)
  • 76" Danny Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 76" Patrik Gunnarsson (Iceland) blocks a shot.
  • 77" Valdimar Thór Ingimundarson (in) - Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (out) (@@teamID)
  • 77" Daníel Hafsteinsson (in) - Stefán Teitur Thórdarson (out) (@@teamID)
  • 79" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) misses the target.
  • 79" Finnur Tómas Pálmason (in) - Ísak Ólafsson (out) (@@teamID)
  • 80" Daníel Hafsteinsson (Iceland) is flagged for offside.
  • 81" Ari Leifsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 81" Alex Hauksson (Iceland) has an effort on goal.
  • 81" Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 83" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 83" Patrik Gunnarsson (Iceland) blocks a shot.
  • 84" Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 85" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 85" Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 86" Valdimar Thór Ingimundarson (Iceland) is flagged for offside.
  • 86" Finnur Tómas Pálmason (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 86" Aaron Drinan (in) - Danny Mandroiu (out) (@@teamID)
  • 88" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 89" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (Iceland).
  • 89" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 89" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is shown a second yellow card and is dismissed.
  • 90+1" Brynjolfur Andersen Willumsson (in) - Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+4" Brynjolfur Andersen Willumsson (Iceland) is penalised for a foul on Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+5" Aaron Drinan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Alfons Sampsted (Iceland).
  • 90+5" Patrik Gunnarsson (Iceland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90+6" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Iceland
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

5 5

Shots on Target

4 4

Shots off Target

8 6

Fouls Committed

19 6
  • Iceland

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals0
  • 4Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)1
  • 4Shots on Goal4
  • 8Shots Wide6
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked0
  • 4Save(s)3
  • 14Total Shots10
  • 19Fouls Committed6
  • 5Corner(s)5
  • 3Offside(s)1